Right here in Norman, Oklahoma, a small city tucked away in the midwest, we are joining with the worship movement that will usher in the return of Jesus.
While spending time in Isaiah 42, one morning before a prayer set, I was overcome by the revelation that “this is my story.” I love reading the Bible and seeing myself in it. Through the Word we are able to see our destiny as the people of God.
In verses 10-13 the church is singing praises to God from every place on the earth. Jesus said that the gospel will be preached with the power of the Holy Spirit being poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28) among every people group(Matthew 24:14). This will be the biggest harvest of souls in one generation; far surpassing any other time in history. It will be in the midst of unprecedented tribulation on the earth (Matthew 24:21.) The Church’s destiny is victory; for in the midst of the shaking, she will be unmoved in her devotion to Jesus. Rather than getting caught up in the confusion of the chaos in the world, believers will have their eyes fixed on the glorious beauty of Jesus. Revelation produces worship; the more we behold the beauty of God, the more praises erupt from our hearts. From the smallest places to the biggest, every voice will join the chorus. In this passage we can see Jesus responding to the worship movement on the earth; He comes in response to the song of love from His Bride. When He comes, He brings forth deliverance and righteousness.
As I went into the prayer set that morning, I was undone by this story. This is what we are doing at Ember. This is what Jesus is calling the Church into. Rather than responding to the troubling events of our day with fear and lashing out with retaliation; we are looking to the one who is mighty to save. Our worship pulls on the strings of His heart. Praise is our warfare. It looks foolish to the world because they have yet to see who we are singing to.
This is also a principle for our daily lives as we face trials of many kinds. If we posture our hearts to meditate upon and behold the beauty of Jesus, He will anchor our souls in peace. God will bring the breakthrough, no matter the situation, through our declaring His goodness.
He is faithful! He is good! He is able! God is mighty to save!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise from the ends of the earth,
You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
You coastlands and you inhabitants of them!
11 Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice,
The villages that Kedar inhabits.
Let the inhabitants of Sela sing,
Let them shout from the top of the mountains.
12 Let them give glory to the Lord,
And declare His praise in the coastlands.
13 The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man;
He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war.
He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud;
He shall prevail against His enemies.